Massachusetts native Jen Stephenson has performed nationally and internationally in a wide range of opera roles and concert engagements. As a featured soloist, she has performed with L’Orchestre et les Chanteurs de Saint Eustache of Paris, France; Nei Stëmmen of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; The Classical Music Festival of Eisenstadt, Austria; the Prentice Chorale of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Lawrence Opera Theatre of Lawrence, Kansas; and the Westfield Festival Chorus of Westfield, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has sung professionally with Alabama’s Highland Consort, the Richard Zielinski Singers, and New England’s Novi Cantori. Stephenson has sung leading roles with Opera du Perigord, Utah Lyric Opera, and New Century Opera. Favorite roles include Elvira (Don Giovanni), Magda (The Consul), Gertrune (The Twilight of the Gods), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Frasquita (Carmen), and Manuelita (La Périchole). READ MORE
In addition to her work on stage, Dr. Stephenson has worked behind the scenes as an operatic stage director with the Lawrence Opera Theatre, Harrower Summer Opera, Druid City Opera Workshop, the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, and Tabor College Opera, which she founded in 2015. In the summer of 2015, she was the recipient of the prestigious National Opera Association Stage Director Internship. Equally comfortable as a conductor, Stephenson has served as chorus-master for the Wichita Grand Opera, the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, and the University of South Florida Opera Workshop, and has conducted operas and musicals for The Actors Charitable Theatre, Arts in Motion, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre.
Dr. Stephenson holds degrees from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State University, The University of South Florida, and The University of Alabama. Recently, her dissertation was named the first place winner of the National Opera Association’s biennial Dissertation Competition. Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Vocal Studies, and Director of Opera at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.
“I experience God’s love…”
Through the gift of learning and teaching, and through my relationships.
“God’s love is shared with me through . . .”
The comfort we feel in the presence of a friendly face.
Favorite verse or passage:
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22-25 (NKJV)
Contact her at JStephenson@chapelhillwichita.org